Want a real spy scandal? How about the aristocratic Conservative spy who was NEVER prosecuted? | Pride’s Purge

Heard the one about the Tory Old-Etonian Lord who despite being caught spying for the Japanese – giving them the know-how to take out Pearl Harbor and to capture Singapore resulting in 100,000 allied prisoners being taken, many of whom died in…

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The Other Pearl Harbor Story – Kimmel and Short | Pacific Paratrooper

People around the nation, including some vocal congressmen, asked why America had been caught off guard at Pearl Harbor. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said he would appoint an investigatory commi…

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We Can’t Go Back – To The Left – Medium – George Takei

What Donald Trump needs to understand about Japanese internment.

My mother was born in Sacramento, the daughter of Japanese immigrants, and my father grew up in San Francisco. They met and married in Los Angeles, where I was born in 1937, and where we lived happily until December 7, 1941.

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, life changed for our family and thousands of other families like us. Suddenly we were presumed to be the enemy. We were…

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Jimmy Doolittle raiders: From one generation to another | Eagle-Eyed Editor

It’s an interesting thing to analyze how action by someone can be a crucial turning point in history. Sometimes it’s about a person just being in the right place at the right time or the wrong place at the right time, or coming up with an idea that initially seems so improbable that it couldn’t possibly work, but it does.

The airborne raid led by pilot Jimmy Doolittle against Japan after Pearl Harbor was one of those seemingly improbable ideas. I’ve been reading James M. Scott’s Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle And The Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor. The raid had many effects. It restored morale to the United States, destroyed Japan’s belief that they were invulnerable, and led to Japan’s decision to attack Midway, which would eventually create the circumstances for Japan’s defeat.

The movie “Pearl Harbor” touches on Doolittle’s raid near the end, but Scott’s book…

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Rosie the Riveter IRL: Meet the women who built WWII planes

During World War II, the drafting of millions of men for combat left American military contractors in dire need of workers to produce munitions and vehicles for the war effort.Women on the home front stepped up in great numbers, taking over strenuous, hazardous manual labor and handling complex, technical tasks. A month after Pearl Harbor, 60 widows of the attack responded to job openings at aircraft plants in California, with the motto “keep ’em flying to avenge our husbands’ deaths.”

In addition to traditional administrative roles, women stepped in as laborers and engineers in steel mills, tank factories and, in particular, the aviation industry.Their contributions, for which they were usually paid half a typical man’s wage, became the inspiration for the government’s “Rosie the Riveter” propaganda character.When the war ended, most women workers wanted to…

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[Intermezzo] Wherein I Offer You a Few Disjointed but Heartfelt Memories of My Dead Friend Frank on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

A touching tribute to a man who fought in WWII and Korea.

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Dear World,

Frank died at 87 1/2 years old. Picture this: When he was a tow-headed little boy, just a toddler, his parents dressed him in short pants and a striped shirt and posed him on the hood of the family Model T, grinning. Feisty. He was named after a prominent ancestor, Benjamin Franklin, and they shared more than a name: both were brilliant, larger-than-life, charismatic. Actually, he came from a long line of characters: a grandfather who died, in his 90s, as the result of a bar fight, a father who was an early aviator. That family bred their men big, bold, and memorable. Frank, my Frank, my friend, came of age during the Great Depression. He had an older brother, equally brilliant; when it came time for Frank to attend college in ’37 or ’38, there was no money left. None. His brother had the degree that Frank…

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